Culture Connect Featured Event
Grapevine Foundation for Communications & Visual Arts, Inc (GFCVA) in partnership with Daniela Vlad Couture, LLC, is hosting a fashion show and fundraiser event on Saturday May 19, 2012 from 1-7p.m. at Lincoln Culinary Institute on 86 Sigourney St.
The fashion show starts at 2:30 p.m., doors open at 1 p.m. for the public to shop with local vendors.
There will be light fare and cash bar from 4-7 p.m.
Our guests of honor include Amy Fine Collins, special correspondent from Vanity Fair Magazine, who wrote an article in 2011 that brought national attention to one of the largest sex trafficking rings (which included minors and adults) in Hartford, CT and Officer Deb Scates, the lead officer who worked to uncovered the ring from 2005- 2009.
The MC of the afternoon will be Debbie Allen Wright of Project Closet, who is also a contributing stylist on Better CT/Channel 3. City and State officials are expected to attend as well.
GFCVA is raising money for their first project – Fashion 13. The purpose of the Fashion 13 Gallery & Boutique is to support a co-op retail space in downtown Hartford for local designers and artists.
This space will also provide career training, therapeutic support groups and a safe place for at risk youth - in particular we will concentrate our efforts in providing support to young people who have been victims of sex trafficking, sexual abuse, sexual assault or at high risk of being victimized ( parents in prison, parents addicted, in the foster care system, siblings have been victimized).